Week Five | The Pre-Ride Walk On The All Wales Coast Path | Anglesey


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The Fifth Week Walking Around Wales

We were now at day 29, having walked from Cardigan in West Wales to an overnight parking spot just north of Trearddur on Anglesey. The coastal path runs right alongside RAF Valley, which makes for entertaining walking watching the jets and helicopters take off and land. Another factor to be considered for doing this on horseback, I assume the local horses must get used to the noise from the aviation but many horses would find it startling

Jaycee and me had great company on the Tuesday of this week when Tilly and Polly, her gorgeous dog walked with us. When I had human company on the walks the miles just seemed to fly by, and I’m so grateful to those people who took the time out to share their day with my dog and me. There were some people that I was unable to contact due to my mobile breaking and one of these was a lady called Liz who lived near Holyhead, bizarrely and purely by complete co-incidence I met her in Church Bay. I had stopped at the public toilets there to change clothes as the weather was truly horrendous, Liz saw me and introduced herself, two minutes earlier or later and we would have never met…so glad we did as we had a fantastic day walking when she met me the following week at Moelfre on the other side of the island

Lovely New Filly Born Llangaffo on Anglesey

Two Of Tillys Happy Family
Mum With New Foal

I may have been getting a little complacent about the overnight camping spots as it had proved relatively easy to find a quiet corner somewhere to park up, it’s known as wild or free camping by motor-homers and camper-vanners, and although a lot of folk prefer campsites I never have, there are advantages to them like hot showers but I much prefer the freedom of free camping and our budget was so small paying for a campsite would have made a big hole in it but I did really appreciate those lovely campsite owners like Point Lynas at Llaneillian who gave us a free pitch and the opportunity to get a proper shower and wash some clothes

However, my complacency about free camping was about to be shaken up this week thanks to an over zealous self-elected busy body at Cemlyn Bay. Having met Liz at Church Bay I continued walking towards Cemlyn via Carmel Head, it was so hard going due to the weather, heavy rain with strong winds and then a thick mist came down making visibility poor

It was Wet, Windy and Misty

The Weather Conditions Were So Bad
I Lost The Path Several Times

Fortunately, Liz had very kindly offered to pick me up from Cemlyn and we eventually arrived there, absolutely soaked through and very cold…She drove us back to my van, with a change of clothes and some hot chocolate later I decided to stay overnight at the public car park adjacent to the Terns nesting at Cemlyn. It also overlooks the Wylfa Power Station, which normally means a police presence so although it’s an isolated spot it felt safe

Later that evening I heard a four wheel drive pull up and then a horn was sounded, someone wanted my attention, I went out to find some guy sat in his vehicle who insisted that I had to leave immediately as overnight camping was not permitted. No way was I going anywhere, I was more tired than normal as the walking had been so hard, I had drunk 2 glasses of wine and I really could not see what the big deal was. There was no way we would disturb the thousands of nesting Terns so I told Mr Busy Body this and eventually after having to prove that we were walking for charity he reluctantly relented and said we could stay. Despite being asked several times he refused to give his name or confirm that he had any authority to move me. I will not claim to be any sort of anarchist but I do resent being bullied particularly as there was no reason to come and hassle me

The remaining highlights of this week was finding a tick on Jaycee, disgusting creatures, losing my van keys, missing a bus and having to walk through wet ploughed fields and a load of knee deep cow muck. I mentioned previously how diverse the coastal path is and this week’s terrain was as varied as any other. One minute we would be on a beach, and then farmland followed by the road, up and down steep hills, through caravan parks and a mud bank, all on one day

One Of Many Stunning Views Over The Menai Straits

Menai Straits From Anglesey
So Much Nicer With The Sun Out

Before I started this big walk around Wales, I had promised myself that if I believed it necessary then I would come off the path and turn back should conditions make it unsafe to continue, I am a big believer in respecting my gut instinct and I also think that we have Guardian Angels looking out for us. This weeks Guardian Angel appeared at the 4th century church at Llanbadrig near Cemaes Bay, an old gentleman was there and we spent some time chatting about the porpoise that could be seen out in the water but when he realised that I was walking on the coastal path he warned me that it was particularly dangerous a bit further along and a female walker with her spaniel had both fallen off and died there last summer

We often received warnings like this and sometimes took them with a pinch of salt but I had only walked about 25 yards past the church and I had the strongest instinct to turn back, so we did and so there is about a mile and a half of the coastal path on Anglesey that we never completed but I do think I made the right decision, not sure why and will never know

This area also has lots of stretches where horse riding on the path would be too dangerous so the only way to get round this would be to ride as close as possible to the path which would mean seeking permission from the relevant land owners. Just that side of planning the ride would be a huge task and I still hadn’t decided which was the best way of doing this horse trek around Wales, the most obvious way would be to have a support horse lorry travelling ahead to sort out the logistics such as route planning, overnight spots, food and water for horse and rider, vet checks etc but the costs and time involved would be considerable, major sponsorship would be necessary and that takes time to organise

If you are interested in getting involved with the plan to ride a horse all around Wales please get in touch

The Welsh coastal path is 870 miles long and there are stretches which are too dangerous to consider riding on, however there are also miles and miles of safe suitable paths for horse riding but this opportunity has been denied although millions have been spent on cycle paths. For this reason we are running a petition calling for better horse riding access to the Welsh coastal path, please sign and share if you agree

Week six on the coastal path

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